Summary: Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.
Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.
Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.
But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.
Source: I purchased a Kindle copy.
Wicked was a fun read, full of romance, mystery, and paranormal aspects. I loved the main character because she was fun, snarky, and sweet. Ivy was a hunter who hunted the Fae. When she found a Fae who didn’t react normally, she ended up being paired with a hunter from another town and the plot thickened from there.
I’m torn with my review because I enjoyed reading Wicked the entire time. There’s something fun about the characters. The author is always so spunky, sometimes reading her books is as fun and light as reading her own facebook posts and I love that she is able to write such lighthearted books like that. I liked the plot, the characters, and the romance in the book.
The problem with Wicked is that it is incredibly predictable. Ren is basically Damon except not an alien and is in a NA novel instead of a YA novel. I thought perhaps the green eyes would be the only similarity, but I felt like I was reading about the same guy. The plot is predictable in just about every way. Every revelation, every betrayal.. Everything was predictable. I knew what was happening the moment it happened and I knew what the ultimate conflict would be before the book ended with that cliffhanger. It wasn’t really a cliffhanger if I called it from the very beginning and it’s frustrating that the novel didn’t really do anything new to the genre or to her other books.
I don’t know that, with Jennifer L. Armentrout literally popping out books left and right, I’ll remember this series enough to come back to it and continue it. I’m not impressed by the book in terms of uniqueness or originality and I know that I can get what I like about her writing and characters from her other books. I do recommend Wicked if you’ve never before read any kind of a paranormal book and you like her style. It might not be as predictable if you’re less familiar with the genre.